Sarah Bennett & Lee Slater
When it comes to hiking in Australia, you don't have to embark on multi-day treks to enjoy the continent's scenery. Visitors can also venture into stunning wilderness areas on day hikes. Here are some ideas for your walking holiday, all readily accessible on your Britz campervan trip.
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Mount Kosciuszko (Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, 4–5 hours)
At 2228m, Mt Kosciuszko is Australia's highest peak, situated within the Great Dividing Range between Sydney and Melbourne. Thredbo chairlift makes relatively easy work of summiting it, and in spring and summer walkers are rewarded with fields of wildflowers as well as panoramic views across the range.
Rosewood Creek/Red Cedar Falls Tracks (Dorrigo National Park, NSW, 4 hours return)
This Gondwana rainforest is less an hour's drive from Coffs Harbour, but feels like a world away. Wending its way through towering red cedar and bangalow palms, this duo of tracks reaches the national park's tallest waterfall. Keep an eye out for rose-crowned fruit doves and brightly coloured king parrots.
Sealer's Cove Track (Wilsons Promontory National Park, VIC, 7 hours return)
Blessed with epic coastal scenery and secluded blonde-sand beaches Wilsons Promontory is one of Australia's most popular national parks. Sealer's Cove Track takes in beautiful forest and a swampland boardwalk before reaching the crescent-shaped bay where a swim in sparkling turquoise waters may be on the cards.
Pinnacles Lookout (Grampians National Park, VIC, 5 hours return)
The Grampians' spectacular sandstone rock formations and Aboriginal rock-art can be viewed on numerous walking trails. In the aptly named Wonderland area, hikers with strong legs and a head for heights should tackle the 500m climb through forest and past rocky outcrops to Pinnacles Lookout for faraway views over Fyans Valley.
Coomera Circuit (Lamington National Park, QLD, 7 hours)
Part of a World Heritage Area, much of Lamington National Park lies on a plateau boasting breathtaking gorges, lush rainforest, waterfalls and an excellent trail network. In the Binna Burra area, the Coomera Circuit combines rainforest immersion with dramatic gorge and Gold Coast vistas.
Lake McKenzie Circuit (Fraser Island, QLD, 6–8 hours)
Fraser Island is a mammoth sand island sculpted by the elements, bejewelled with sparkling lakes, limpid creeks, rainforests and mangrove swamp. 'Central Station' is the hub for numerous walks including the circuit hike to Lake McKenzie, purported to be one of the cleanest lakes in the world.
Valley of the Winds (Kata Tjuta National Park, NT, 4 hours)
Uluru may be the posterboy of Australia's Red Centre, but the rocky domes of nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are arguably more impressive. Wend through their gorges on the Valley of Winds circuit. For stunning sunrise views of Kata Tjuta and Uluru, head to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku sand dune.
Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, TAS, 6–8 hours)
The jagged, crescent-shaped peak of Cradle Mountain is the crowning glory of this World Heritage-listed wilderness. It's a 600m climb to the summit, an achievable feat for fit, well-equipped hikers who fancy the reward of awe-inspiring views – worth every step and drop of sweat.
Wineglass Bay–Hazards Beach Circuit (Freycinet National Park, TAS, 4–5 hours)
Pink-hued granite outcrops, turquoise bays, dreamy white-sand beaches… welcome to Freycinet National Park. Starting at Great Oyster Bay, this circuit climbs to a lookout over shapely Wineglass Bay before descending to its edge and crossing a marshy isthmus to Hazards Beach. Fans of coastal tracks will find this a treat.
Bluff Knoll (Stirling Range National Park, WA, 4 hours return)
Containing the only mountain range within the southern half of Western Australia, Stirling Range National Park is a mecca for hikers. Explore its rugged beauty on the well-graded summit track to its highest peak, Bluff Knoll (1099m), culminating in 360-degree views featuring glimpses of the Southern Ocean.
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